WHAT IS THE FOCUS OF ARD’S RESEARCH?
ARD assists CN professionals by strengthening employee competence and helping them address issues within their CN operations. The primary research focuses for ARD are operational accountability, wellness, equipment/design, human resources, customer service, green/environmental conservation, and best practices.
HOW DOES ARD CONDUCT RESEARCH?
ARD applies a mixed-method research approach. Researchers use a broad range of qualitative research techniques, such as case study site visits, semi-structured interviews, hosting focus groups, observing CNP operations, and conducting expert panels and work groups. Information acquired from qualitative research can then be used to conduct quantitative research , such as creating national surveys to gather measurable information. WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF ARD’S RESEARCH ON CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAMS? ARD makes a difference by increasing knowledge in areas where little or no research has been conducted. Through this research, the ARD determines best practices for addressing issues that impact the operation of CNPs, and the ARD also creates resources to assist CN professionals with their CNP operations.
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